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Are you ready to dive into the world of Maltese products? 

KINNIE

Kinnie Drink

In Malta, we produce a bittersweet soft drink called Kinnie, made from oranges and aromatic herbs.

It was first introduced in 1952. Made from a blend including liquor ice, ginseng, and rhubarb, Kinnie is a cola-like drink with a wormwood-and-orange-rind bitterness that sets it apart.

Kinnie is a refreshing beverage that is often enjoyed on its own, but it can also be used as a mixer in cocktails. Its unique flavour profile adds depth and complexity to drinks, making it a versatile ingredient in the bar.

In addition to being a beverage, Kinnie is also a symbol of Maltese pride and identity. Its distinctive flavour and cultural significance make it an essential part of the Maltese culinary landscape.

PASTIZZI  

Pastizzi

Pastizzi is a popular traditional Maltese pastry, enjoyed in both Malta and  Gozo.

The pastry has a long history in Maltese cuisine, dating back to the Middle Ages during the Arab occupation of Malta. It is believed that the Arabs introduced pastizzi to Malta, along with their culinary influences.

Pastizzi are made with a flaky pastry dough. It is typically filled with either ricotta cheese (Pastizzi tal-irkotta) or a mixture of mashed peas (Pastizzi tal-piżelli).

The pastry dough is made using flour, water, salt, and sometimes lard or butter. The fillings are seasoned with salt, pepper, and other spices to give it a unique flavor.

They are commonly found in bakeries, pastizzerias, and cafeteries across Malta and Gozo, where they are enjoyed as a quick and affordable snack.

Ricotta and pea fillings are the most traditional, there are also variations of pastizzi with other fillings such as spinach, chicken, Nutella or apple.

Pastizzi are not only a scrumptious snack but also a significant part of Maltese and Gozitan culinary legacy and cultural identity.

If you’re visiting these islands and want to experience authentic Maltese cuisine, trying pastizzi is a must.

BAJTRA LIQUEUR

BAJTRA

Bajtra is another traditional Maltese product, but in this case, it’s not a soft drink but a liqueur. It is made from the prickly pear fruit (Opuntia ficus-indica), also known as the Barbary fig or the Maltese fig.

The prickly pear cactus is originally from Mexico but was introduced to Malta many centuries ago. Bajtra liqueur has been a traditional drink in Malta for generations.

The process of making bajtra liqueur typically involves picking the ripe fruits of the prickly pear cactus, which have a sweet and slightly tangy taste.

The fruits are then washed, peeled, and crushed to extract the juice. The juice is then fermented with sugar and alcohol to create the liqueur.

Bajtra liqueur has a sweet and fruity flavor with delicate notes of the prickly pear fruit.

It is often served as a dessert liqueur or used as an ingredient in cocktails and mixed drinks.

It is commonly enjoyed as a digestif after meals or as a special treat during gatherings with loved ones.

Bajtra liqueur can be found in liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout Malta and Gozo, particularly during the summer months when prickly pears are in season.

It is also a popular souvenir for visitors to the islands, allowing them to take a taste of Maltese culture home with them.

TWISTEES

Twistees

Twistees are the most popular snack in Malta, enjoyed by both locals and visitors. These corn snacks were first introduced in Malta in 1965 by the Colombo Brothers, a Maltese snack food company.

Twistees have since become a staple snack in Maltese households and are now synonymous with the Maltese snack food industry.

These crunchy, cheese-flavoured snacks are shaped like small twisted tubes and are similar in texture to cheese puffs or cheese curls.

However, their unique shape sets them apart. The cheese flavouring gives them a savoury and satisfying taste that appeals to snack enthusiasts of all ages.

Twistees are immensely popular in Malta and are a beloved snack choice for many Maltese people.

They are commonly enjoyed as a quick snack on the go, as a treat during movie nights, or as a crunchy accompaniment to drinks at social gatherings.

You can find Twistees in grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and vending machines throughout Malta and Gozo.

They are also available for purchase online, making them accessible to customers locally and internationally.

HONEY RINGS

Honey Rings

Honey Rings are a delightful Maltese pastry that can be enjoyed as a sweet treat or dessert.

These traditional pastries are made from a simple dough consisting of flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and occasionally, a small amount of salt.

The dough is rolled out and shaped into small rings or wreaths before being baked to a beautiful golden-brown perfection.

Once the honey rings are baked, they are typically coated with a sweet honey glaze that is made by mixing honey and water.

This glaze not only adds a sticky sweetness to the pastry but also helps to enhance its flavour.

Maltese honey rings are known for their buttery and slightly sweet taste with a hint of honey.

Maltese honey rings are a delectable treat which have a crisp texture on the outside and are soft on the inside.

They are best savoured with a cup of tea or coffee.

These rings are quite popular during special occasions and festive celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, and weddings.

They make a great addition to any dessert spread or can be given as gifts to friends and family.

Whether you choose to enjoy them during celebrations or as an everyday indulgence, they are sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.

Cisk Lager


CISK-LAGER

Cisk Lager is a well-liked brand of beer in Malta, which is brewed by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, one of the largest beverage companies in Malta.

The beer is produced using high-quality malted barley, hops, yeast, and water.

While the recipe is kept a secret, it is known for its balanced flavour, refreshing taste, and smooth finish.

The brand provides a range of beer varieties to suit different tastes and occasions.

These include Cisk Export, a stronger and richer version of the original lager, Cisk Pilsner, and Cisk Excel, which all have unique flavour profiles and characteristics.

Cisk Lager is popular for its clean and crisp taste, featuring a refreshing combination of malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Cisk Lager is a delightful beer that has a light to medium body and a golden hue.

It’s an easy-to-drink brew that’s perfect for warm weather and casual events.

Not only is it a beer, but it also represents Maltese pride and artistry. Its high quality, uniformity, and cultural significance have made it a beloved beer brand, both in Malta and around the world.

MALTESE TUNA FTIRA

Tuna Ftira

The Tuna Ftira is a traditional Maltese bread that serves as the foundation for various sandwiches and snacks.

It is a round, flatbread with a soft interior and a crusty exterior, similar to rustic Italian or French bread.

Tuna ftira is a well-known version of the traditional ftira, which includes a filling of tuna salad along with other ingredients.

The tuna salad generally comprises canned tuna, mayonnaise, lemon juice, chopped onions, and sometimes capers or olives.

Apart from the tuna salad, tuna ftira may also consist of fresh tomatoes, cucumber slices, lettuce, and hard-boiled eggs.

These ingredients add texture, freshness, and additional layers of flavour to the sandwich.

Some variations may also include traditional Maltese condiments or spreads such as kunserva (tomato paste) or ġbejna (Maltese cheese). 

Tuna ftira is a popular meal or snack among locals in Malta and Gozo. It is commonly eaten during lunchtime or as a quick grab-and-go option.

You can easily find it in local bakeries, cafes, and street food stalls.

Tuna ftira is a significant part of Maltese culinary culture and is often considered a comfort food by many locals.

It showcases the island’s maritime heritage and love for seafood, as well as its Mediterranean influences.

MALTESE QASSATAT 

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Maltese Qassatat is a popular savory pastry in Malta, usually enjoyed as a snack or appetizer.

It has been a part of Maltese cuisine for generations and is considered a staple snack in Malta.

Qassatat are made from a pastry dough that is filled with a savory mixture.

Pastry dough is typically made with flour, water, salt, and sometimes butter or lard.

The filling can vary but usually includes ingredients like ricotta cheese, spinach, peas, or anchovies seasoned with salt, pepper, and other herbs and spices.

There are many variations of qassatat, each with its unique filling. Some of the most popular types include:   

  • Qassatat tal-Irkotta: Ricotta-filled qassatat, often seasoned with nutmeg and sometimes mixed with chopped parsley or grated cheese.
  •  Qassatat tal-Spinach: Spinach-filled qassatat, typically cooked with onions, garlic, and sometimes pine nuts or raisins for added flavor.
  •  Qassatat tal-Piżelli: Pea-filled qassatat, made with mashed peas seasoned with onions, garlic, and sometimes bacon or ham.
  •  Qassatat tal-Ħut: Fish-filled qassatat, usually made with anchovies or tuna, mixed with onions, tomatoes, and capers or olives.
  •  Qassatat tal-Qargħa Ħamra: Red pepper-filled qassatat, featuring a filling made with roasted red peppers, onions, and tomatoes, seasoned with herbs and spices.

Qassatat can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or light meal.

Qassatat are typically served warm or at room temperature and are often paired with a side salad or a cup of tea or coffee.

If you are a fan of Maltese cuisine, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on trying this delicious and comforting snack.

IMQARET 

Imqaret

Imqaret are traditional Maltese pastries that have been a part of the Maltese culinary tradition for centuries.

They are made from sweet pastry dough filled with a mixture of dates that are typically seasoned with spices like cinnamon and cloves.

Imqaret are a popular sweet treat, especially during Ramadan when they are enjoyed as a dessert to break the fast.

They are made from a simple dough that consists of flour, water, and sometimes a small amount of fat, like butter or olive oil.

The dough is rolled out thinly and then filled with a mixture of chopped dates, which are often cooked with sugar, spices, and sometimes a splash of citrus juice or zest for added flavour.

Imqaret have a sweet and aromatic flavour that comes from the combination of dates and spices used in the filling.

The pastry dough adds a crunchy texture to contrast with the soft and sticky filling, creating a deliciously satisfying treat.

Imqaret are commonly dusted with powdered sugar or served with honey, and can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature as a dessert or snack.

They are sure to delight anyone with a sweet tooth, whether enjoyed during Ramadan or any other time of the year.

RABBIT

Fenek Rabbit

Rabbit is the most traditional and beloved dish in Maltese cuisine, often considered a national delicacy. 

For centuries, rabbit has been a staple source of protein in Maltese cuisine.

The tradition of eating rabbit dates back to the time of the Knights of St. John who ruled Malta from the 16th to the 18th century.

They introduced rabbit farming to the islands, and since then, rabbit has become an integral part of Maltese culinary heritage.

Rabbit is  prepared using traditional cooking methods and recipes that have been passed down through generations.

One of the popular ways to cook rabbit is through stewing or braising it with onions, garlic, tomatoes, wine, and aromatic herbs and spices like bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary.

The slow cooking process helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with rich flavours. Some popular rabbit dishes include:

  •  Stuffat tal-Fenek: Rabbit stew, often served with potatoes or pasta.
  •  Fenkata: A festive meal centered around roasted or fried rabbit, usually enjoyed during special occasions or celebrations.
  •  Bragioli tal-Fenek: Rabbit meat rolled with bacon, herbs, and breadcrumbs, similar to beef bragioli.
  •  Fenek Moqli: Fried rabbit, often marinated in vinegar and garlic before being coated in breadcrumbs and fried until golden brown.

Rabbit dishes can be found in restaurants, bistros, and traditional Maltese eateries throughout Malta and Gozo.

They are also commonly prepared at home by families, especially in rural areas where rabbit farming is still practiced.

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